1916   Born, June 8, St. Paul, Minnesota

1924   Begins painting at age 8

1936   Enrolls at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Leaves before end of academic year to paint and sculpt on his own

1936–7   Creates small brass sculptures which employ biomorphic and geometric forms that recur in his paintings

1937   Moves to New York City
Assistant to sculptor Paul Manship

1941   Artist's Gallery, New York. First one-man exhibition

1943   Meets Evelyn Gracey, a poet

1944   Participates in Forty American Moderns at Howard Putzel's 67 Gallery with Milton rpousettedart, Stuart Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Morris Graves, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Mark Tobey

Participates in Spring Salon for Young Artistsat Peggy Guggenheim's, Art of This Century, with William Baziotes, David Hare, Motherwell, Pollock and Hedda Sterne

1946   Marries Evelyn Gracey

1947   Birth of daughter, Joanna

1951   Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
Moves to Sloatsburg, New York
Lectures at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1952   Birth of son, Jonathan.
The Whitney Museum of American Art acquires The Magnificent, 1950-51

1954   Moves to Monsey, New York

Peggy Guggenheim gives Spirit to Tel Aviv Museum as part of a bequest of 27 paintings including works by Baziotes, André Masson, Pollock, and Yves Tanguy

1958   Moves to Suffern, New York

1959   Receives Ford Foundation Grant

1959–61   Teaches painting at the New School for Social Research, New York

1961   Awarded M.V. Kohnstamm Prize, The Art Institute of Chicago, 64th Annual American Painting and Sculpture Exhibition

Participates in VI Bienial do Museu de Arte Moderna in S‹o Paulo, Brazil

1964   Museum of Modern Art, New York acquires Radiance, 1962-63

1965   Second prize, 29th Biennial of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1966   Delivers Convocation Lecture at Minneapolis School of Art
Receives the Arts Award for Excellence from the National Council

1967   Receives the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Individual Artists

1970–74   Teaches painting at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

1971   First trip to Europe, visits Paris, Chartres, Rome, Florence and London

1973   Summers in Provence, France

1974   Joins Andrew Crispo Gallery
Receives mural commission for North Central Bronx Hospital, New York

1975   Travels to Antibes, France. Stays near Picasso Museum.

1979   Participates in symposium, Abstract Expressionsim: Idea and Symbol, sponsored by University of Virginia, panelists include

Lee Krasner and Robert Motherwell. Gail Levin, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, presents a paper, Richard Pousette-Dart's Painting and Sculpture: Form, Poetry and Significance

1980   Joins Marisa del Re Gallery, New York

1981   Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award

1982   The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquiresPresence, Ramapo Horizon, 1975.

1983   Milton rpousettedart Distinguished Professor of Arts, Bard College

1986   Participates in The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

1989   Individual Visual Artist Award, Arts Council of Rockland County, New York

1990   Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to do monumental bronze door entitled, Cathedral

Commissioned to design the Interfaith Center, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights

1992   Dies October 25, New York City

1995   Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart joins Knoedler & Company, New York


Selected Public Collections

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Brooklyn Museum, New York

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Virginia

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Newark Museum, New Jersey

Palazzo degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, California

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

The Joseph and Emily Pulitzer Collection, St. Louis, Missouri

John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York

J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

H.H. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano, Switzerland

Edward A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, Missouri

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York